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Assessment Director

Idaho State Department of Education | Boise ID 83701 USA | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 11/06/2012

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Director, Assessment
Idaho State Department of Education

Open for Recruitment: November 6, 2012 – Open until filled
Salary Range: $31.25 - $35.58 hourly ($65,000 - $74,006 yearly) -Plus Competitive Benefits!
Location(s):  Boise, Idaho 

The Idaho State Department of Education (SDE) is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Assessment Director to oversee eight statewide assessments.  The Assessment Director at the SDE reports to the Deputy Superintendent for the 21st Century Classroom Division.  The position directly supervises Program Coordinator and Program Specialist positions. The incumbent will provide oversight of program administration, public relations, and oversee contract management for the statewide assessment programs, and is responsible for coordinating with directors of other State Departments of Education across the nation.  This is a full time position serving under an appointment of the Idaho State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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This position requires a leader who can manage multiple projects and staff members in a fast-paced environment. We are looking for someone who not only has a strong knowledge of large-scale assessment practices but also can effectively manage a staff with diverse talents and projects. Some of the specific qualifications of the ideal candidate include:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university OR a Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of five years of supervisory and assessment experience.
  • Experience with program management, planning and coordinating programs and projects.
  • Knowledge of developing support and tools for assessment programs.
  • Knowledge of principles, techniques, and objectives in conducting assessments and evaluations.
  • Good public relations and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience explaining specialized or complex material to the public.
  • Experience as liaison with customer/partner groups.
  • Experience interpreting federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and policies and advising on their requirements.
  • Experience managing all aspects of contracts, from developing requests for proposals to managing the contract for services.
  • Solid writing ability and ability to create technical reports. Ability to translate technical reports for lay audiences.

Extra consideration will be given for the following desired qualifications:

  • Education with an emphasis in testing and evaluation.
  • A doctorate in education, assessment, or other comparable experience.
  • Advanced statistics knowledge and application.
  • Administrative experience in the field of public education.
  • Experience running a large-scale assessment program at the state or large district level.


Application review will be ongoing.  Application screening will continue until the position is filled.  The State Department of Education seeks to fill this position by January 2, 2013, but start date is negotiable.  For the right candidate, the State Department is willing to negotiate an early summer start date. It is to the applicant’s advantage to submit materials as soon as possible.  Interview dates will be ongoing.  Those applicants not selected will be notified.  This announcement will be closed without notice once a qualified candidate is identified and accepts the position.


  • Oversees the ISAT, ISAT-Alt, IRI, NAEP, IELA, College Entrance, and Formative/Interim testing programs.
  • Oversees and assists with annual Accountability Systems: Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), Star Rating, and Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs for the IELA).
  • Oversees state and federal accountability and reporting requirements for the assessment programs, including the ESEA Waiver.
  • Oversees assessment program planning, development, and delivery as well as compliance with state and federal guidelines.
  • Actively participates in the next generation of assessment development, inclusive of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the Language Proficiency Assessment Consortium (ASSETS), and the Alternative Assessment Consortium (NCSC).
  • Consults with other state programs to learn of best practices to be used as possible models in Idaho.
  • Oversees assessment program budgets and authorizes expenditures.
  • Identifies, trains and coordinates with program committees, advisory groups, and school district representatives.
  • Oversees multiple layer contracts with vendors responsible for developing and administering the statewide assessments.
  • Use database and statistical software packages to extract analyze and report data from various databases and files.
  • Coordinates other duties associated with the assessment and accountability programs, as assigned.


Please submit 1.) a letter of interest, 2.) the professional staff employment application (see link below), 3.) your resume’/CV, and 4.) three (3) professional letters of recommendation OR the names and contact information of three (3) professional references to:

Idaho State Department of Education
Human Resources Office
650 W. State Street
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID  83720-0027
Fax: (208) 334-2228


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Location Boise, ID, United States
Categories Evaluation/Assessment/Testing, Director/Manager/Coordinator
Organization Type DOE/Government
Experience Years 5 yrs

Location Maptop

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Contact Name Human Resources Office
How to apply Applications are no longer accepted for this job posting.
Primary Phone 2083326800
Primary Fax 2083342228
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